Book Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Title: The Mistake (Off-Campus #2)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 358 pages
Rating: 5 stars

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

Michelle's Review

Elle Kennedy has done it again with The Mistake. If you have read The Deal, you already know about John Logan. What, you haven’t read The Deal? You can read The Mistake as a standalone, but seriously, get The Deal. Well just in case you haven’t read The Deal, let me try to summarize John Logan. He’s a Junior at Briar University, hot hockey player and all around man whore around campus. Side note, I loved how my dirty red (Grace, that is our nickname for her) has already staked a claim on Logan. It must be because a) Logan is hot; b) he’s a hockey player and c) the girl he falls in love with, her name also happens to be Grace! But I digress. Moving on.

Grace Ivers, freshman at Briar University, shy and quiet and with her V card still intact (pun intended). Grace and her roommate/BFF Ramona are hanging out at a frat party. Grace is so not having fun until she bumps into Logan coming out of the bathroom looking all smug after hooking up with a girl in said bathroom! I adored Grace from the very beginning. I loved how smart she was and although a bit shy, she still could hold her own. I especially loved her blabbering and her love for all things Die Hard. I was a huge Die Hard fan myself back in the days.

If you read The Deal, you know Logan has a serious crush on his best friend Garret’s girlfriend Hannah. In order for Logan not to have these misguided feelings for Hannah, he does what he does best, parties hard and gets laid. Until one day he accidentally ends up in Grace’s dorm room. Logan is already excited that Grace has an affinity towards action movies, so he decides to hang out with her. Logan finds Grace’s blabbering endearing, especially the Ted Bundy references (those had me laughing out loud). So things get a little hot and heavy between Logan and Grace, lots of first, second and some third base things (I know it’s a hockey book, but I had to put my baseball metaphors). Let’s just say he left Grace without the O and he knows it even though she lied about it. He will make it his mission because he is John Logan and he’s never left a woman wanting.

Grace still cannot believe she’s sought of hooked up with Logan and proceeds to tell her BFF Ramona (bad idea), well let’s just say that none of her so called friends believe said hook up and is being trashed via social media. Logan gets wind of this and rectifies the situation. I usually love the BFFs in books, but I DID NOT like Ramona.

While Grace and Logan continue to hang out, things got a little too serious for Logan and let’s just say that things took a turn that ended their hook ups.

The school year ends, Logan’s team made the frozen four, Grace decides to go to France for the Summer to visit her mom. After Logan has a heart-to-heart with Hannah, he realizes what he has lost. Seeing the light, he wants Grace, unfortunately she’s away. She won’t return his calls, texts etc. Grace comes back to Briar a new girl. She’s not going to let the Logans of the world deter her.

Logan has other things in mind. He’s determined to win Grace’s heart back. I loved how Grace gives Logan a “To-Do List” of things to show his affections. Throughout, you see their love for each other while Logan is also struggling with family issues. His dad is in need of some serious help, so much so, that Logan is foregoing going pro, that broke my heart.

I love Elle Kennedy’s writing style and if you’re not a fan of NA, she will make you love it. When writing her sex scenes she does it tastefully. Her storytelling does not lag either, you will be laughing out loud one minute and reaching for a tissue the next. I’m a big fan for sure. I cannot wait to add more of Ms. Kennedy’s books to my ever growing TBR list.

I will leave you with a few of my favorite quotes:

Grace mental dialogue: I just had an entire conversation with a cute guy without babbling incoherently. I deserve a frickin’ gold star for that.

This one was swoon worth, Logan talking live on the radio regarding Grace: “No, I’m talking about Grace,” Logan says, smiling through the glass. “Grace Elizabeth Ivers. The woman I love.”

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.



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